How did you find your passion/major?
Many students, like myself, go to college and wonder "is this really the right major for me?". One terrible fact is (if you are already in college) the longer you take to find what you actually want to major in, the more it costs to change it. So I would like to know, how did you find what really interests you? What are some tips you can give to someone trying to find their true passion?
I found my major through two avenues. First, was this curiosity about how my dad and his sister, but 14 months apart in age could have such different personalities from each other. So that "burning question" in particular, and others like it obviously influenced the answers that I provided in an interest inventory test given in high school. That interest inventory test (the Kuder Preference Profile) said that my interests most clearly aligned with that of a psychologist. I didn't know any psychologists at the time. So, that's how I declared psychology as my major. I also had a keen interest in mathematics and had considered math as my major. When I learned, after taking my first psychology course, that I could combine these two interests in the sub-specialty of psychometrics, I was well on my way to a fruitful educational experience.
Linda Ann recommends the following next steps:
Congratulations on being interested in finding the right career to follow.. It takes a special person to enter into a specific career field and meet the demands which that career area presents. The first step is to get to know yourself to see if you share the personality traits which make one successful in that area. The next step is doing networking to meet and talk to and possibly shadow people doing what you might think that you want to do to see if this is something that you really want to do, as a career area could look much different on the inside than it looks from the outside. When I was doing college recruiting, I encountered too many students, who skipped these important steps, and ended up in a career/job for which they were ill suited.
Ken recommends the following next steps: